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12 March 2012 @ 11:26 pm
Yea Yea Yeah !  

Shonen Club Cuts episode 03/09/2012.

All videos are 1024 x 576 res., all in avi format, all on Mediafire. Credits for FS to shokura@lj.


After Jesse Lewis gave a welcome to the audience and the viewers in both Japanese and English, the show started with a dance medley. We hadn't such a "no song" opening for quite some time. The first parts are performed by Juniors in diffrent combinations (including TOY and the groupings of the previous episode featuring Kouchi Yugo, Matsumura Hokuta, Morimoto Shintaro, Tanaka Juri..and so on..). Then also the debuted groups entered the stage (Sexy Zone, A.B.C-Z and Kis-my-Ft2). Not very much surprising, the A.B.C-Z part was the most impressive and acrobatic one. A very nice to watch opener!
Download : MF


Intro talk with hosts Arioka Daiki, Yamada Ryosuke and Yabu Kota with Nakajima Kento and Sato Shori. The theme of the episode is Sotsugyo (= Graduation), that's why Kento and Shori are in this talk, since they are graduating in spring (on diffrent levels, of course.).
Download : MF


Hey!Say!JUMP medley performed by Daiki, Yamada and Yabu with Juniors in the back (featuring Yamashita Kazunari and Igarashi Taiki).  Consisting of "Super Delicate", "Hitomi no Screen" (Yamado solo) and "Mayonaka no Shadow Boy". Good one!
Download : MF

Anata ni Otegami Kakimashou

Sato Shori and Matsushima Sou reading their letters to each other. Some very cute moments, especially Sou shortly before he started to reading his letter and Shoris reactions. In terms of content nothing surprising, at least as far as I could understood them. Shori reads far to fast for my ears, I have to admit. 
Download : MF

Suki sugite

New song by Sexy Zone. A nice and  happy ( maybe even a bit too happy) pop tune. It doesn't hit me instantly between the eyes (or the ears) like "Knock!Knock!!Knock!!!" did, but "I see the light" (altough a totally diffrent styled song than "Suki sugite") didn't neither..and now it pops up in my head all the time. The performance was really good and energetic, but like last week Fuma was missing, again (of course, since both episodes are recorded at once). It seemed this time Shori took over some of his lines, but I don't know for sure since this is the first time I heard them performing this song. I'm also not sure if this song will be included on the new single, wich will be released on 04/11/2012 ( this time in "only" three diffrent versions).
Download :  MF

Za ABC ~5 Star~

Performance by A.B.C-Z of the leadtrack of their DVD-single with a partially new choreo (Most of the new parts were given away already in the opening dance medley). The same Juniors as last week are backdancing. Good performance, but I enjoyed last weeks performance a bit better. But that's only my personal taste and not about the quality of this performance here.
Download : MF


Long and very good Medley by Kis-my-Ft2 consisting of "Inori", "Everybody go!" and "Tension", all songs wich I really like. A strong and enjoyable performance. One of the highlights in this episode.
Download : MF

Jr. ni Q

Jr. ni Q hosted by Yabu and Yamada in wich Juniors present their best buddies amongst each other (I guess this was intended to be shown in the previous episode where the theme was "Nakama"). A very cute Jr. ni Q. The pairings were: Rin Takahashi/ Tanimura Ryuichi, Kurita Kei/Nakamura Reia, Kishi Yuta/ Jinguji Yuta ( who didn't came to the board. Not because he disagreed with Kishi about being buddies, but because he was absent on the recording day) and Kuramoto Kaoru and Inoue Mizuki (It seemed Yabu and Yamada were quite surprised about this pair, because Kaoru looks so much older than Mizuki...in fact Mizuki is only one month younger than Kaoru)
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Talk part with Daiki, Yamada and Yabu with Haniuda Amu. I was quite surprised that Amu was a guest in this talk part. In a positive way, because he is like the shooting star on my personal Junior Charts since he became a regular on Johnnys Jr. Land and his appearance in the YOUBin of the January episode (wich you can find here. ). His actions on the Jr. Land SP are belonging to my favourite TV moments this year so far ( It is kind of unusal that a Junior convinces me to like him by spitting out food that he's been offered or by almost dying during a massage, but Amu did exactley that). Towards the end of the talk Amu seemed to await more questions of the hosts, because he made no move to take his position for the upcoming performance at the time the hosts expected him to do so. I don't know why, but I liked that scene somewhat, too.
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And now the definitive Highlight of this episode: The Junior medley consisting entirely of Ya-Ya-Yah songs ( "HA.RU.NA.TSU.A.KI.FU.YU", "Summer x Summer x Summer", "2 of us", "Love together 2002") !! Sounds great? It is!!!

Main performers are Kuramoto Kaoru, Takahashi Fu, Kishi Yuta, Haniuda Amu and Nakamura Reia, but the Medley gave a lot of chances to shine for the others Juniors, too. It would take me too long to list them all here, so just watch yourself. But I have to give extra kudos to Fu for his very acrobatic hiphop dancing during "Summer x Summer x Summer". It looked exhausting, but he just jumped up at the end and performed on without even taking a breath. Impressing!
As said this the Highlight not only of this episode but also of the entire month to me. Great songs, great memories, great performance, great performers. For a few seconds I wished Yabu would have joined them at the end, but giving it a second tought this would have been inappropriate. Nevertheless it was great the way it was.
Download : MF


The ending song is also bound to Ya-Ya-Yah to me, even if it is origanlly a Hikaru Genji song and was also performed by numerous others (and will again be released as a coupling song by Sexy Zone on their upcoming single). It's the ever-green "Yuuki 100%" performed by the Juniors, Sexy Zone, A.B.C-Z and with Kis-myFt2 joining in. Nice ending of a great episode!
Download : MF

And since today is 03/13 : Happy Birthday, Kento !!

yabu_takeshiyabu_takeshi on March 13th, 2012 09:59 pm (UTC)
I'm not at the point yet to claim that I love "Suki sugite" but it has the potential to become a hit to me to. I think it still needs a few more plays...
I haven't listened to any of the other three tunes yet, I'm looking forward to hear them (but I guess I will wait to the point when they can be heard in "normal" quality).

The whole time I was watching Starry Starry Night, I kept thinking how much Jay resembled Amu as well
I never tought of that, but now that you mention it...by the way how did you liked the movie?

I don't really listen to pop music outside of JE
To what kind of music do you listen outside of JE then? I'm just curious..^^
chapstickmurmurchapstickmurmur on March 14th, 2012 02:32 am (UTC)
I really liked the movie. It made me want to be 13 again lol My favorite part was Mei's narration at the end of the movie and how the scene ended with the missing jigsaw piece sent from Jay. I was so close to tears at that point. I didn't quite get the jigsaw shop in Paris though. Was it Jay that came up from the stairs? They probably left it open ended like that on purpose.

I usually listen to whatevers on the radio (I'm a lot less picky compared to my younger self) but I personally like piano rock and acoustic stuff. My favorite bands are Something Corporate and Jack's Mannequin (same lead singer but different sound). Lately, I've been really into female vocals. I've always listened to bands with strong male voices but my playlist has started to fill up with female artists. "Loving Strangers" by Russian Red is a good example.
I remember you mentioned Beastie Boys a while back. I hadn't heard of them until "Ch-check it out" came out, but I ended up listening to them on repeat for a long time after that.
I have a general idea of what your taste in music is after following your journal for all these years ^^, but what stuff do you mostly listen to?
yabu_takeshiyabu_takeshi on March 14th, 2012 11:33 pm (UTC)
I really liked the movie.
I'm glad to hear this!^^
It made me want to be 13 again
I think this is the biggest compliment you can make to this movie.
Was it Jay that came up from the stairs?
Altough they kind of let this open, that's the way I understood/felt it.

I have to admit, I didn't knew Something Corporate and Jack's Mannequin, but I checked them out briefly and I like their sound (but I just checked them out on the surface yet). If you like piano rock I strongly recommend "Suemitsu & the Suemith", a project by Suemitsu Atsushi. They sound a bit like the late Ben Folds Five or Ben Folds solo at the time of "Rockin' the suburbs", but with a very original touch.
My own musical taste is hard to describe, I was once called a "musical garbage chute" by someone because I consume almost all styles. In fact I have favourites in Classic,Blues,Jazz,Rock,Pop,Metal,Rap,Hip-Hop,Dark Wave,Ska,Soul,Industrial and everything in between. The only genre I don't like very much is R'n'B. But in general I think it is about quality and not about the genre. But most of my favourite artist are located in the "Classic Hard Rock" or the "Progressive Rock" area. And most of my favourites are from a time far earlier than myself. But some of them are still around.
To be more precise my favourites are Blue Öyster Cult, ELO, Frank Zappa, Genesis (with Peter Gabriel), Kansas, Steve Hackett, Kiss, City Boy, Dion (Dion DiMucci, not Celine Dion..), Sparks, Spock's Beard, Neal Morse, Yes, Alice Cooper, Uriah Heep, Pink Floyd, Focus, Cheap Trick, Four Tops, Mercyful Fate/King Diamond, Demon, Steppenwolf, Status Quo, Queen, Laibach, Colosseum, Ben Folds, Asia, Alan Parsons Project, Equilibrium, The Who, Inoue Joe, Magnum, The Beatles (and their Solo-works, especially the ones of George Harrison), Faith no more, Waltari...and..uhm..I really could go on for a long time...
Most recentley I loved the new Albums of Nightwish (Pomp-Rock/Metal...the female leadvocalist sometimes sounds like Matsushima Sou, wich makes this even better^^) and Flying Colours (Progressive PopRock). I can recommend especially the Flying Colors Album to everyone. It's highly accesible and catchy but also challenging and sophisticated at the same time.
Now I bored you beyond belief, didn't I? ^^
chapstickmurmurchapstickmurmur on March 15th, 2012 04:57 am (UTC)
After enduring the last season of Nodame Cantabile and the countless OVAs, it was a pleasent surprise when I googled Suemitsu & the Suemith to find I'd been listening to him all along. But since I listened to the OST I didn't really take note of the name of the artist... It's definitely in style with the type of stuff I like so I'll give his other songs a go ^^

I have my own confession as well. I don't think I've heard of half the artists that you've listed lol but from the ones I do recognise, I think you have a great taste in music. Mine are usually easily influenced by the people around me so I quite like people who have a wide range and diverse taste. I still listen to City Boy's "the world loves a dancer" from time to time.
I don't go back as far as you when it come to bands, but I agree for me the individual artist is more important than the genre they play. I'm kind of a child of the 90s that prefer music from that decade. Like listening to how The Strokes albums sound progressively less drunk with each record they release and belting out the chorus to my mums Shania Twain album lol (I think I just lost a lot of street cred towards the end of my last sentence)

You haven't bored me ^^ maybe left me with a bit of music homework but I'm happy to be introduced to some new bands. I'm very much interested in the Sou sounding vocalist and I'll look up the Flying Colours album.

(Oh, my love for piano is probably the reason why I love Juniors who can play the keyboard/piano ^^)
yabu_takeshiyabu_takeshi on March 17th, 2012 12:54 am (UTC)
I still listen to City Boy's "the world loves a dancer" from time to time.

Oh, really? That's nice to know! Since they are almost forgotten (except in Japan, where all their Albums were re-released last year in remastered editions). I discovered them myself long after they were disbanded by finding two of their singles ("Hap-Ki-Do Kid" and "What a night") in a dusty box in our basement..and then I went hunting for their Albums on second hand shops, garage sales and flea markets. It took quite some time until I collected them all...but it was worth it!

I go back that far not only for bands, but also for other popculture things for whatever reasons...for example one of my absolute favourite Japanese dramas is from the sixties (Kaijou Ouji). Maybe I'm a bit beyond my time sometimes^^.

If you have listened to the Flying Colours Album, I would be very curious about how you like it (And if you don't find it but want to listen to it, just come back to me.)

I think I just lost a lot of street cred towards the end of my last sentence
Haha! I don't think you need "street cred" for posting in journals wich are mostly busy with hailing 11 to 30 year old Japanese people in glittery costumes who are singing about love rainbows, sexy roses and things like that...^^